So starting this post, I want to say first that not all of these points listed are completely bad. Also I don’t want to confuse anyone: I love book blogging. I love reading blogs about books, watching videos about books, and just generally talking to anyone about books. This is just a post about some habits I’ve noticed changing in myself since my book blogging began.
Buying all the books
Yes, in my life, I have spent a considerable amount of money on books but it was always under control. I always had a small owned tbr pile and I always finished my Christmas books very soon after Christmas. Now my tbr has it’s own shelf. I always justify that it’s not a wasted purchase because I will read it… eventually.
2. Buying/ reading books based on their covers
If I see a pretty cover, I am 90% more likely to buy it. This definitely isn’t always a bad thing! Pretty covers can lead you to books that you wouldn’t normally read, The Essex Serpent for me. However, they can also lead you away from good books that might not have been as well endowed in the cover department.
3. Only reading the newest books
We as readers have to keep up with the trends! This is not just because of a keeping-up-with-the-Jones’s attitude, you also just don’t want to miss out on all those goodies everyone is raving about. It’s innocent! — Isn’t it?
4. Forcing yourself to read books you aren’t interested in
I don’t think I’m too bad at this but I can see where it is easy to fall in. If I think a book is bad, I usually want to read to the end. I want to satisfy my own curiosity and also, then I can be justified in why I didn’t like it. However, if you don’t like something, you don’t have to keep reading it and you don’t even have to review it!
5. Skimming books just to get done with them
This has become a little bit of a habit with me. When I feel like I know what’s going to happen in a story, I’ll look ahead a bit and if I’m right, I’ll just skim.
6. Neglecting other hobbies/ interest
You have so many blog post ideas, your brain looks like this file cabinet. You also want your blog to be successful so you know that means having a fair amount of good content. I sometimes let my blog get in the way of my other passions, aka story writing. I need to make time for both.
So that’s my post! Do any of you struggle with these habits? Let me know in the comments! I think I’ll probably do a companion post about how book blogging has made me better so definitely come back for that!
Thanks for reading!